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Washington Post: Comey memo showed Trump wanted faster response to Putin call

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President Trump became irate at his then-national security adviser Michael Flynn, when he learned that Flynn had failed to tell him about a congratulatory phone call from Russian President Vladi­mir Putin after Trump’s inauguration, according to a senior administration official. Read more here. T...

Reuters: US labels China, Russia, Iran and North Korea ‘morally reprehensible’ over rights

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WASHINGTON – The US State Department on April 20 labeled China, Russia, Iran and North Korea as “morally reprehensible” governments it said violated human rights within their borders on a daily basis, making them “forces of instability as a result.” Read more here.   The post Reuters: ...

Reuters: France says Russia obstructing OPCW experts’ access to site of Douma attack

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PARIS – Russia is obstructing the access of international chemical weapons inspectors to the site of a suspected poison gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on April 20. Read more here. The post Reuters: France says Russia obstructing OPCW ...

BBC: Trump-Russia ‘collusion’ – Democrats file lawsuit

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The Democratic Party in the US is suing Russia, the Trump campaign and the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks for conspiring to disrupt the 2016 presidential election. Read more here. The post BBC: Trump-Russia ‘collusion’ – Democrats file lawsuit appeared first on KyivPost.

Reuters: Lithuania wants more NATO anti-aircraft missiles to deter Russia

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VILNIUS – Lithuania wants the United States to bring more defence systems such as long-range Patriot and short-range Avenger missiles to the Baltics where some fear Russia is more powerful in the air. Read more here. The post Reuters: Lithuania wants more NATO anti-aircraft missiles to dete...

Reuters: Insurgents south of Syrian capital surrender, says state TV

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Insurgents in the last area outside Syrian government control near Damascus agreed on April 20 to withdraw, but the army’s bombardment continued pending a full surrender deal, state media and a war monitor reported. The development heralds another advance for President Bashar al-Assad’s push to r...

Open Democracy: How women in the Balkans are using social media to fight sexism

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Bosnian science journalist and blogger Jelena Kalinic often anticipates disagreements when she comments on social media posts. But she did not expect Bosnian writer Goran Samardzic to flip a Facebook discussion about pregnancy in late February into a sexist intrusion into her private life. “I can...

Bloomberg: Manafort suspected of serving as ‘back channel’ to Russia

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s interest in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort stemmed in part from his suspected role as a “back channel” between the campaign and Russians intent on meddling in the election, a Justice Department lawyer told a judge. The disclosure by U.S. prosecutors ...

Associated Press: Corruption watchdog – G-20 moving slowly against tax havens

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BERLIN — An international corruption watchdog group says two years after the Panama Papers revealed how the rich have stashed wealth in shell companies, the world’s Group of 20 industrialized and developing nations have made only slow progress improving the legal tools to ensure transparency. Rea...

Reuters: Russia says Syrian rebels preventing inspectors from reaching Douma

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MOSCOW – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on April 19 that Syrian rebels were preventing inspectors for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) from reaching the town of Douma, the RIA news agency reported. Read more here. The post Reuters: Russi...

CNN: Trump decided to abandon plans for more Russia sanctions

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CNN – President Donald Trump personally made the decision to abandon plans to impose more sanctions on Russia for supporting Syria’s chemical weapons attack on civilians, according to three senior administration officials and a source familiar with the discussions. Read more here. The...

Associated Press: Trump leaves open possibility of bailing on meeting with Kim

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said that although he’s looking ahead optimistically to a historic summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un he could still pull out if he feels it’s “not going to be fruitful.” Read more here. The post Associated Press: Trump leaves open possibility ...

Reuters: Trump’s ex-campaign chief Manafort to seek dismissal of charges

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WASHINGTON – Paul Manafort, US President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, will try on April 19 to convince a judge to throw out charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, arguing Mueller has overstepped his authority. Read more here. The post Reuters: Trump’s ex-campai...

RFE/RL: UN says negotiating with Syria, Russia on visit to Syria site

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A team from the United Nations is discussing security arrangements with Syrian and Russian authorities in Syria to allow experts access to the town of Douma to investigate an alleged chemical-weapons attack, UN officials say. The remarks on April 18 came after the director-general of the Organiza...

RFE/RL: Trump – New Russia sanctions to come soon as they ‘deserve it’

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U.S. President Donald Trump has reiterated his claim that nobody has been tougher on Russia than him and that he will impose new sanctions on Moscow “as soon as they very much deserve it.” Trump was not more specific on possible sanctions while speaking on April 18 during a joint news...

Associated Press: Trump says ‘good relationship’ formed with North Korea

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday confirmed that his CIA chief secretly met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea and said “a good relationship was formed” heading into the adversaries’ anticipated summit. Read more here.   The post Associated Press: Trump says ‘good relationship’ f...

Associated Press: UN team fired on at suspected Syria chemical attack site

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BEIRUT — Assailants opened fire at a UN security team visiting the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, an official said Wednesday, forcing it to retreat to its base and further delaying a fact-finding mission by outside experts to examine the claims. Read more here. The post Ass...

The Hill: Schiff pushes bill to review any Trump pardons in Russia probe

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California Representative Adam Schiff has introduced a bill that would give Congress oversight of any pardon that President Trump grants to a subject of the Russia investigation or to a member of his family. Read more here. The post The Hill: Schiff pushes bill to review any Trump pardons in Russ...

BBC: Trump hails CIA chief Mike Pompeo’s secret trip to North Korea

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CIA director Mike Pompeo forged a “good relationship” with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un when they met last week, US President Donald Trump has tweeted. Read more here.   The post BBC: Trump hails CIA chief Mike Pompeo’s secret trip to North Korea appeared first on KyivPost.

Aljazeera: Russia rejects UN resolution for independent Douma investigation

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Russia has rejected France’s proposal at a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting that called for the launch of an independent investigation over an alleged chemical attack that struck the former rebel-held town of Douma in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta. Read more here. The post Alja...